|The Infosys Prize|
contributions in six categories:
|Presented by||Infosys Science Foundation|
The Infosys Prize is an annual award given to scientists, researchers, engineers and social scientists in India by the Infosys Science Foundation and ranks among the highest monetary awards in India to recognize scientific research. The Prize was originally given across five categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences but a sixth category – the Humanities – was added in 2012. The prize for each category includes a gold medallion, a citation certificate, and prize money of Rs. 55 Lakh (over US$90000).
Laureates for the year 2015
Engineering and Computer Science – Umesh V Waghmare, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.
Humanities – Jonardon Ganeri, Professor, Global Network Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New York University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King’s College, London.
Life Science – Amit Sharma, Professor and Head at Structural and Computational Biology group at international center for Genetic Engineering & Biology (ICGEB), New Delhi.
Mathematical Sciences – Mahan Mj, Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belūr/TIFR Mumbai.
Physical Sciences – G. Ravindra Kumar Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Social Sciences – Srinath Raghavan, Professor, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Laureates for the year 2014
Engineering and Computer Science – Jayant Haritsa, Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) and Chair, Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA), Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Life Sciences – Shubha Tole, Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
Mathematical Sciences – Madhu Sudan, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Physical Sciences – Dr.Srivari Chandrasekhar, Chief Scientist and Head, Division of Natural Products Chemistry, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
Social Sciences – Esther Duflo, Professor, Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laureates for the year 2013
Engineering & Computer Science Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao, Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering; and Chief Investigator, Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Humanities – Linguistics Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Life Sciences Prof. Rajesh S. Gokhale, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi.
Physical Sciences Dr. Shiraz Minwalla, Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
Social Sciences – Sociology and Anthropology Prof. Aninhalli R. Vasavi, of Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.
Jury Chairs (2012–2013)
- Engineering and Computer Science – Pradeep Khosla
- Humanities – Amartya Sen
- Life Sciences – Inder Verma
- Mathematical Sciences – S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
- Physical Sciences – Shrinivas Kulkarni
- Social Sciences – Kaushik Basu
Engineering & Computer Science Dr. Asish Lele, of National Chemical Laboratories, Pune.
Humanities – History Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, of University of California.
Life Sciences Prof. Satyajit Mayor, of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
Physical Sciences Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayagosh, of National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology.
The award ceremony was held on January 3, 2013, in New Delhi. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of the World Health Organization, felicitated the winners.
Engineering & Computer Science Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Professor of Mechanical engineering at IIT Kanpur received the award for his work in the fields of evolutionary multi-objective optimization and genetic algorithms.
Life Sciences Dr. Imran Siddiqi of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad got the prize for Life Sciences in recognition of contributions to the understanding of formation of clonal seeds in plants.
Physical Sciences Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore won the award for Physical Sciences for his research on various aspects of the collective behaviour of living systems ranging from bacteria to schools of fish in the ocean.
Social Sciences – Economics Prof. Prof. Raghuram Govind Rajan from the University of Chicago got the award for his analysis of "the complex interaction between financial institutions, governments and people."
Social Sciences – Political Science and International Relations Dr. Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi was given the award for "broadening public discussion of important social, political and economic matters, bringing in heterodox perspectives" and for constantly "challenging reigning orthodoxies."
Life Sciences Dr. Chetan E. Chitnis, Principal Leader, Malaria Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi
Social Sciences – Sociology Prof. Amita Baviskar, Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi
Social Sciences – Economics Prof. Abhijit Banerjee received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences – Economics, in recognition of his contributions to the economic theory of development, and for his pioneering work in the empirical evaluation of public policy. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Social Sciences – History Prof. Upinder Singh received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences – History, in recognition of her contributions as a historian of ancient and early medieval Indian history. She is with the Dept. of History at the University of Delhi, India.
Physical Sciences Prof. T. Padmanabhan received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences, in recognition of his contribution to a deeper understanding of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity in the context of thermodynamics, and for his work on the large scale structure in cosmology. Thanu Padmanabhan is a Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune.
Mathematical Sciences Prof. Ashoke Sen received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences, in recognition of his fundamental contributions to Mathematical physics, in particular, to String theory. He is currently a faculty at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, India.
Life Sciences Professor K. VijayRaghavan received the 2009 Infosys Prize in Life Sciences, in recognition of his many contributions as a developmental geneticist and neurobiologist. K Vijay Raghavan is Senior Professor in Developmental Genetics and Director of National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India.
The Infosys Prize for Mathematics 2008
The Infosys Prize for Mathematics 2008, awarded jointly by Infosys and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), will be integrated with the Infosys Prize in the mathematical sciences category with effect from 2009. The first recipient of the prize was Manindra Agrawal of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
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- S. Gopalakrishnan
- K. Dinesh – President of the Board of Trustees, 2010
- S. D. Shibulal
- T.V. Mohandas Pai
- Srinath Batni
- Balakrishnan V.
- Deepak Satwalekar
- Omkar Goswami
- Vishal Sikka
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